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GENTLE FAIR JENNY

I I married me a wife and took her home,
Gentle fair Jenny fair Rosie Marie,
I oft-times wished I had left her alone
As the dew flies over the green vallee.

2 All in my kitchen she would not use,
Gentle fair Jenny, etc.
For fear of spoiling her new cloth shoes
As the dew flies over the green vallee.

3 First day at noon I came in from the plough, (etc.)
My dearest wife, is my dinner ready now? (etc.)

4 There's a little piece of cornbread on the shelf,
If you want any more you can get it yourself.

5 I got my knife and went out to the barn,
An cut me a hickory as long as my arm.

6 I took my limb and I went back,
All around her back I made it crack.

7 I'll tell my father and all my kin,
You whupped me with a hickery limb.

8 Go tell your father and all your kin,
I whupped you once and I'll whup you again.

-from the singing of Miss Polly Ann
Kelly, Hindman School, Knott Co., Kentucky, I9I7
Child # 277
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Feb07

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